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Italian Course Offerings Spring 2021

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ITAL200: Italian Grammar Review

Welcome to ITAL200! The course this semester will focus on a full immersion in the Italian language in a relaxing atmosphere with interesting movies, informative articles and upbeat music that inspire learning. Grammar review when necessary.

Instructor: Riccarda Saggese

Prerequisite: ITAL107

Honors credit available

ITAL205: Italian Conversation

You're so close to proficiency in Italian! Consolidate your hard-earned language skills through conversation and oral presentations, with grammar review and written work when appropriate. Students will discuss current events along with material from films, the Internet and other sources. Have fun while improving your speaking skills!

Instructor: Laura Salsini

Prerequisite: ITAL107

ITAL211: Italian Reading & Composition

Let the masters of the Italian short story teach you how to write! This course emphasizes vocabulary acquisition and written expression. Students will read and discuss short works of literature and film. You will improve your writing skills, add to your rich stock of conversation topics in Italian, and begin your love affair with contemporary Italian authors.

Instructor: Riccarda Saggese

Prerequisite: ITAL200, ITAL205, or ITAL206

Counts as Group A requirement

Honors credit available

ITAL305:  Advanced Italian Conversation and Composition

This course teaches Italian conversation and composition through a variety of materials: Italian newspaper and magazine short articles, film, Internet research, etc. The course will explore the crucial importance of the local culture of regions and dialects for contemporary Italian identity in the age of globalization. Emphasis is on improving conversational fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary, and listening comprehension skills as well as writing skills. 

Instructor: Giorgio Melloni

Prerequisite: ITAL211 or ITAL212

ITAL 326: Italian Civilization and Culture II  

This course will trace the development of the modern Italian state, beginning with its roots in the Napoleonic era and continuing with its Unification in the 19th century. Italy's role in World War I and II will be examined, along with the rise of Fascism and Mussolini. Finally, the course will explore post-war developments, including the economic "boom" of the 1950s and '60s, the women's movement of the 1970s, the years of terrorism, and the restructuring in the 1990s of the political system. Class readings will be supplemented with selections from literature, film, and the Internet. 

Instructor: Giorgio Melloni

Prerequisite: One ITAL3xx course

Counts as CAS Group B

Honors credit available


ITAL455/ITAL655: Contemporary Italy

Is Italy today a country of art preservation or a living culture between past and future? Can Italian be considered a “Language of Culture” par excellence? This course will answer these questions, while guiding the students through an examination of contemporary Italian culture and society.

Instructor: Giorgio Melloni

Prerequisite: Any two ITAL3xx courses

Honors credit available

LLCU420/620: The Mafia

This course will examine the history of the Sicilian Mafia, as well as its depiction in Italian literature, non-fiction accounts, and film. The second part of the course will focus on how the depiction of the Mafia evolved in popular culture as it moved to the United States. We will look in particular at how American film directors promulgate or challenge the stereotypes of the Mafia and Italian-American identity in such films as The Godfather and GoodFellas, among others.

Instructor: Laura Salsini

This course is taught in English.

No Prerequisites  

Honors credit available

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Italian Course Offerings Spring 2021
  • Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Jastak-Burgess Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • 30 East Main St.
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2591
  • dllc-academics@udel.edu